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Pirelli Preview: Russian Grand Prix

Everything you need to know from the Italian tyres manufacturer about the Russian Grand Prix: the track, tyres available and more

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Pirelli Preview: Russian Grand Prix
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For the fifth time in history, the Sochi Autodrom will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The track made his debut back in 2014 and has been Mercedes territory ever since. Only Lewis Hamilton (twice), Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas were able to conquer the number 1 trophy in Sochi, but will the tradition continue? 

Pirelli, the italian tyres manufacturer, has selected for the Russian Grand Prix their softer compund, the pink HyperSoft, the purple UltraSoft and the yellow Soft. As in Singapore, there's again a step between the available compounds, in order to open the possibles pit stop strategies during the race. 

Last year Valtteri Bottas won the Grand Prix with a one pit stop strategy, starting with the UltraSoft to then switch to the SuperSoft on lap 27.

With another step between the compounds and the same nominations as Singapore, we hope to see the same sort of strategic variations that we had at the last race, but in a very different context at the Sochi circuit." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "This is a low severity track, with a smooth surface featuring low wear and degradation, and it’s in theory the ideal playing field for the hypersoft. However, as this tyre has never been run in Russia before, the teams are going to have to understand its characteristics as quickly as possible during the free practice sessions in order to see how it would fit into a potential race strategy. It's going to be interesting to see how the Pink hypersoft will work on this track, especially through the demanding Turn 3.

Here are the tyres choices per driver for the Russian GP. 

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